The Effectiveness of Spam Checkers

Using email to communicate is very convenient; however it's not all perfect. The only really bad thing about email is the threat of spam. Spam is littering millions of mailboxes all over the world. If your spam problem is too severe then it may even make you consider to stop using your email.

The Curse of Email

Nothing is perfect and while email comes pretty close it's the problems with spam that's holding it back. The main problem with spam is that it's annoying; however it also has other knock on effects.

Firstly, because so many people have spam cluttering up their inbox, it is easy to miss important emails. It's very easy to miss one important email in a sea of spam messages. It costs businesses billions of dollars every year to clean up spam and protect them from the threat.

The time wasted by employees dealing with spam could be better spent doing more productive and worthwhile tasks.

Spam Blockers

Using a spam checker or spam blocker might be the best way to fight against spam. These all work in a similar way by using a set of rules to determine which messages are considered spam and which need your attention. There are a number of blockers available. Some of the most popular examples are MailWasher Pro and SpamArrest.

Antispam software certainly is one of the quickest, easiest and most effective ways of cleaning your inbox from spam. They save you lots of time because you don't have to worry about manually looking through your email inbox and deleting the spam messages yourself.

You might like to also discuss spam protection with your ISP. Many ISPs offer spam protection as a standard and it might just be a question of how to turn it on. If not, then there are plenty of spam checkers available on the market.

The actual spam blocker or filter you choose to install will mainly depend on your email system. For example, many free web based email accounts have their own spam blockers and it is not possible to upgrade the protection.

These spam blockers are normally only effective to protect your POP3 or IMAP email account. They support the popular email clients including Microsoft Outlook and Eudora.

Reporting the Problem

Spam is illegal and it needs to be dealt with. If you receive spam then it's a good idea to report it to the ISP where the message came from. Most ISP's have an abuse address set up and you can forward the message to them. Try emailing [email protected] with a copy of the message.

The internet is a global community and it's impossible to police it all. That's why we all need to help by reporting these problems as soon as they happen.

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